A super day of work

With gloved hands and wearing their crisp, new yellow T-shirts, a team of 14 Olympic High School students searched John Carlson Road for trash.

The scene repeated 16 times Saturday as hundreds of Central Kitsap students filled trash bags with finds.

“So far it’s pretty clean. They just found a tire up there,” said Billy Broone, OHS junior. He was one of more than 500 students participating in the eighth annual CK Super Saturday this past weekend.

“I’m in National Honor Society so I thought it would be a good chance to give back to the community,” he said.

From about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. students cleaned up areas near their school and noted some trends.

“There are a lot of people drinking around here,” said Nicole Corbett, OHS junior.

Rebecca Dutter and Sarah Crawford, both OHS sophomores plucked trash from the roadside.

“I haven’t done anything for the community, I thought it would be a good way to give back,” Dutter said.

“People don’t respect the community like they should,” Crawford said as evidenced by her bag filled with beer bottles and cans.

Students also held free car washes for most of the morning.

Their reward in addition to supporting their community was a hotdog lunch at Waterfront Park. Gathering gray clouds and problems with the sound system didn’t dampen students’ spirits.

“It’s exciting,” said Klahowya senior Kellyn Holt and student chairperson for the event.

She was tasked with getting donations of food and supplies and rallying support from the schools.

Holt spent the past five months working to make this one day a success.

“It’s a lot of work but very rewarding,” she said, adding she plans to help out next year.

It wasn’t just the students who spent their Saturday serving Central Kitsap, but community members helped out, too.

Members of the East Bremerton Rotary club lent their support as did the CK Kiwanis.

While it is hoped the students’ experience Saturday will lead to community service in adulthood, one thing is sure said Keith Van Hook, CK Kiwanis president, “Many hands make light work.”

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